White House taps team for Supreme Court pick

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Shah will take leave from the position of Trump's Deputy Principal Press Secretary to concentrate on getting the President's nominee through the Senate approval process, White House Spokesperson Sarah Sanders said. "The Department of Justice is fully engaged to support the nomination and confirmation efforts". Cory Booker saying there should be no nominee until after Robert Mueller ends his Russian Federation probe.

Sanders also announced that Justin Clark, the director of the White House's office of public liaison, will oversee the administration's outreach to "key constituencies, coalitions, grassroots organizations and allies".

The other top potential nominees are Thomas Hardiman, who serves on the Philadelphia-based 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals; Raymond Kethledge of the Cincinnati, Ohio-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals; and Amul Thapar, whom Trump named to the 6th Circuit.

Trump told reporters at the White House that he will meet with "two or three more" candidates to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced last week that he is retiring.

It now appears that the Democrats may have Sen.

McGahn will lead the overall selection and confirmation process, the White House said Monday. Collins, who appeared on ABC's "This Week" and CNN's "State of the Union," said she would only back a judge who would show respect for settled law such as the Roe decision, which has always been anathema to conservatives.

But in an interview broadcast on Sunday, Trump told Fox News that he "probably" will not ask his nominee how he or she would vote on Roe versus Wade, adding that he is putting "conservative people on" the court.

"The president told me in our meeting that he would not ask that question", Collins promised.

"There are not a lot of nominees on that list that many Democrats will support", said Tobias, noting that any candidate backed by the Federalist Society is likely comfortable overturning Roe v. Wade.

In April 2017, Collins joined her Republican colleagues in a party-line 52-48 vote to change Senate rules so that Supreme Court nominees need only a simple majority rather than a supermajority of 60 votes to be confirmed, a move that gives minority Democrats little hope to prevent a vote.

Collins, who fully supports abortion, said any justice who supports reversing Roe v. Wade is an "activist" justice who does not belong on the high court. Wade. Those words: Samuel Alito, John Roberts, Neil Gorsuch.

Now the court has three women justices, all appointed by Democrats.

He has said he was homing in on up to seven candidates, including two women. Court watchers have been discussing the prospect of a conservative woman on the bench.

"Well I know that's what the left is saying, and that's just so at odds with my record", Collins said on CNN. "There are real stakes here".